Article in Gonzo (circus)

January 12, 2016    Press, Sediment

Eli Gras artist-in-residence at De Perifeer
Article in Gonzo (circus):

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Below you can read the alternate, untranslated version of this Dutch article, including some (very flattering) extra bits by Eli Gras that have been edited out before publication. If you want to read the full Dutch article as it was published, I recommend you buy the magazine. Or subscribe to it, even better.

Eli Gras (Barcelona, 1971) about her residency in De Perifeer in Havenkwartier Deventer, her newborn baby instrument, her live performance and a special future release.

THE RESIDENT

“My name is Eli Gras, I’m a cultural manager and musician. But mainly I’m an improviser, working as visual-sound artist and experimental luthier. I enjoy designing and building my own instruments in order to use the on stage. I’m a lucky person, because I just finished a residency in Deventer, kindly invited by the lovely promotor and artist Harco Rutgers, who runs mini-venue De Perifeer, as well as record label Esc.rec. I had the opportunity to work there for several fantastic days on an especially exciting project: a 360º art-release.”

THE PROJECT

“Let me explain a bit about the project, to make clear why this was so exciting to me… The challenge was to design and build a new instrument in a few days, which would double as the packaging of a very limited vinyl release (of 1), that will contain the sounds of the same instrument, recorded at the end-of-residence concert. This unique soundobject will be released by Esc.rec. in 2016, in the new ‘Sediment’ series. For me this is a really unique occasion to combine several facets of my work in one piece of art: designer, inventor, musician, performer, handcrafter.

It was an adventure for the both of us, sort of a little marathon. Evaluating sketches I had made on tour. Deciding on a final idea and method, by visiting a big part of the Deventer shops and hardware stores. And subsequently using the found materials to create the instrument. The ingredients to cook up my ‘floating bridge harp’ were: a salad bowl, a basin filter, 5mm allen and 3mm straight screws and nuts, 0,25 iron wire, 1 piezo-electric microphone and it’s connector, some details… and an assortment of basic tools.

I’ve had several other experiences as artist-in-residence, building some installations and instruments, mostly centered around the concept of recycled art. But my residence in De Perifeer was a fantastic and condensed way to be immersed in the soul of a unique cultural entity who understood and respected my mentality as an artist perfectly. Quite exceptional!”

THE SETTING

“De Perifeer is situated in the atelier of Harco Rutgers in Havenkwartier Deventer. During my stay here I was the very first guest to sleep in a special one room hotel, the Lucy Nomad. This architectural masterpiece is located just 100 meters from De Perifeer.”

Eli Gras: Sediment release in 2016

November 24, 2015    Sediment

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The artist-in-residence period of Eli Gras in De Perifeer is over. She worked here for three days, creating a new instrument from scratch. Really quite impressive! The residency was concluded with an ACSH concert in De Perifeer, where she played her new instrument and named it ‘Floating Bridge Round Harp’ aka ‘The Egg’. Check lots more photos overhere.

But although Eli Gras has moved on to her next gig by now, this project isn’t finished just yet… After creating and playing the instrument, we’re now moving on to phase three. When she’s back in Barcelona, she will start editing and modifying the recordings of her concert, because the instrument she built is also going to double as the packaging of a 12″ vinyl record release. This very exclusive sound object is to be released on Esc.rec. in 2016, as part of the Sediment series, in an edition of only one.

22/11/2015: ACSH #42, Eli Gras

November 16, 2015    Ass-crack Stage-hack, Sediment

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(I decided to write this page in Dutch, since it’s about a local event)

Esc.rec. presenteert de 42ste editie van de avontuurlijke concertreeks Ass-crack Stage-hack (ACSH) in de intieme setting van thuisbasis De Perifeer, Havenkwartier Deventer. Instrumentbouwer en muzikant Eli Gras (Barcelona) sluit haar artist-in-residence periode in De Perifeer af met een concert. Een deel van het instrumentarium wat zij tijdens haar verblijf heeft ontwikkeld zal hier te horen zijn en, samen met bewerkte live opnamen van het concert, deel gaan uitmaken van een bijzonder gelimiteerde Esc.rec. uitgave in de ‘Sediment‘ serie.

Eli Gras is een multidisciplinair kunstenaar met een carrière in experimentele en underground muziek sinds de vroege jaren 80. Muzikaal heeft ze een lange weg afgelegd via traditionele griekse muziek, minimalisme, folk, koorzang, noise, electropop en vrije electronica, maar haar muziekpraktijk is tegenwoordig vooral gericht op experimentele improvisatie. Haar werk wordt wel beschreven als ‘scientific bricolage music’. Ze treedt vaak op met door haarzelf uitgevonden instrumenten, waarin beeldende elementen net zo belangrijk kunnen zijn als het geluid wat ze voortbrengen. Ze speelde o.a. samen met artiesten als Hans Joachim Roedelius, Pierre Bastien, Jaki Liebezeit en David Fenech. Ze is de oprichter van het NoNoLogic festival en platenlabel La Olla Expréss.

Van 19 t/m 22 november werkt Eli Gras als artist-in-residence in De Perifeer aan nieuwe instrumenten/objecten, die zowel onderdeel zullen uitmaken van haar optreden in De Perifeer, als van een zeer gelimiteerde Esc.rec. uitgave, in de Sediment serie. Gedurende deze werkperiode zal Eli Gras overnachten in de Lucy Nomad, één van de drie ‘Lucy in the Sky’ hotelkamers in Havenkwartier Deventer. Eli Gras is de eerste die deze hotelkamer in gebruik zal nemen. De Lucy Nomad is ontworpen door Maurer Architecten & Boris Tellegen. Op dit moment staat de Lucy Nomad op een leeg kavel tussen de nieuw te bouwen huizen in het Havenkwartier. Kon niet beter, want deze locatie is slechts 100 meter verwijderd van De Perifeer.

Deze editie van de ACSH en de bijbehorende uitgave worden financieel ondersteund door het Mondriaan Fonds, Havenkwartier Deventer en de Gemeente Deventer.

Datum: 22 november, 2015
Tijd: 15.00 uur
Entree: 5 euro
Locatie: De Perifeer, Mr. H.F. de Boerlaan 151, Deventer
LET OP: De Perifeer is klein en snel gevuld, dus kom op tijd!

TIP: aansluitend kun je om 16.00 uur in het zelfde gebouw naar de opening van de tentoonstelling Time Shift in Kunstenlab. In deze tentoonstelling is werk te zien van Noortje Haegens, Jan Ros, Wouter Venema, David Scheidler en Teodora Ionescu. De tentoonstelling wordt geopend met geluidsperformances van Jeroen Diepenmaat en Teodora Ionescu. Lees hier meer.

19-22 nov 2015: Eli Gras artist-in-residence at De Perifeer

November 15, 2015    Sediment

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Really excited to announce that Eli Gras is artist-in-residence at De Perifeer (which is also my own atelier) from 19 to 22 November 2015, working on a live performance ánd a release!

Eli Gras is a multidisciplinary artist from Barcelona, with a career in experimental and underground music since the early 80s. Musically, she has come a long way via traditional Greek music, minimalism, folk, choral, noise, electro pop and free electronica, but her music practice is now mainly focused on experimental improvisation. Her work has been described as ‘scientific bricolage music’. She frequently performs with self-invented instruments, in which visual elements can be just as important as the sounds they produce. She played together with artists like Hans Joachim Roedelius, Pierre Bastien, Jaki Liebezeit and David Fenech. She is the founder of the NoNoLogic festival and record label La Olla Expréss.

Eli Gras will be working on an instrument/object to be used in a live performance in De Perifeer: ACSH #42 on November 22nd (read more here). Afterwards her (edited) recording of this performance and the instrument/object she created are merged in an extremely limited Esc.rec. release, in the Sediment series.

During her work period in De Perifeer, Eli Gras will be sleeping in Lucy PWR, designed by Maurer Architects & Boris Tellegen. For the time being LucyPWR is located on a free lot in between a new housing plot, which just happens to be 100 meters down the street from De Perifeer. Couldn’t be better! Thank you Lucy and Havenkwartier Deventer, for making this possible.

This project is financially supported by Mondriaan Fund.

Review in Bodyspace

September 11, 2015    esc.rec.46, Press, Sediment

Jeroen Diepenmaat – Frayed Air (S.1a, S.1b, S.1c)
Review in Bodyspace:

bodyspace

Jeroen Diepenmaat é um artista holandês com queda para aliar som e imagem nas suas obras, que vão desde instalações complexas, a performances que primam pela introspecção e a contemplação. Frayed Air, lançado há um par de dias pela esc.rec, encaixa perfeitamente nesta última categoria.

Editado numa série de três 12”, com os nomes “Sediment 1a”, “Sediment 1b”, and “Sediment 1c”, Frayed Air é o registo da sua aparição no festival Muziek bij de Buren, onde Jeroen se socorreu de lixas, facas e outros objectos ásperos para manipular quatro gira-discos em simultâneo. O concerto foi gravado directamente em vinil e a paisagem sonora final é meditativa q.b. e carregada de subtilezas próprias do material utilizado. Frayed Air está disponível para audição no bandcamp da esc.rec e acreditem quando vos dizemos que é um dos registos mais inusitados e relaxados que vão ouvir hoje.

(António M. Silva)

Article in The Vinyl Factory

September 8, 2015    esc.rec.46, Press, Sediment

Jeroen Diepenmaat – Frayed Air (S.1a, S.1b, S.1c)
Article in The Vinyl Factory:

THIS ARTIST CUT VINYL WITH KNIVES AND SANDPAPER FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND RELEASE

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Jeroen Diepenmaat releases destructive sound experiment in limited edition of three records.

The sound of a knife through wax may be enough to make your skin crawl, but for artist Jeroen Diepenmaat it has formed the basis of a new work, in which he has recorded the sound of pristine black wax vinyl being cut with knives and distorted with sandpaper.

Recorded from a live performance at ‘Muziek bij de Buren’ festival in De Perifeer in which Diepenmaat carved and sculpted four blank records played simultaneously on turntables, the sound from Frayed Air was then pressed to the flip side of three of the records used in the performance, each of which is now being released in a super limited edition of one.

It’s not the first time the Dutch artist has worked with vinyl, his playful take on bird song and turntables ‘Pour des dents d’un blanc éclatant et saines’ one of the iconic images of the definitive 2011 exhibition The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl.

Released as a trio of single discs, all three parts of Frayed Air [Sediment 1a, Sediment 1b, and Sediment 1c] have been pressed on 12? black vinyl, and are housed in laser cut sleeves, with hand-written notes by the artist.

Jeroen Diepenmaat – Frayed Air (S.1c)

   esc.rec.46, Releases, Sediment

FrayedAir
FrayedAir-2c
FrayedAir-3
FrayedAir-4
FrayedAir-5
Jeroen-Diepenmaat---live-1
Jeroen-Diepenmaat---live-2

Title: Frayed Air (S.1c)
Artist: Jeroen Diepenmaat
Format: Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl Art (1/1)
Catalog#: esc.rec.46, sediment.1c
Price: €180,00
Enquiries and orders via email only: harco@escrec.com

Release details

NAME: Jeroen Diepenmaat
TITLE: Frayed Air
DATE: 14.12.2014 16:15
LOCATION: De Perifeer, Deventer (NL)
DURATION: 5’21”
SPEED: 33 RPM
EDITION: 1/1
CAT. NO: esc.rec.46, sediment.1c
DESIGN: Harco Rutgers, Jeroen Diepenmaat

NOTES: This is the record of the third of three live performances at the ‘Muziek bij de Buren’ festival. This recording ends in an endless loop (locked groove) due to technical failure.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: During a performance grooves were made in one side of this record using knives and sand paper. The recording of the performance is on the other side.

Press release

Sediment is a new series in the Esc.rec. catalogue. It is in a completely new ‘one-of-a-kind-art-object-directly-related-to-live-performance’ category. The three Frayed Air albums by Jeroen Diepenmaat are the first three Sediment releases: Sediment 1a, Sediment 1b, and Sediment 1c. You are currently looking at Sediment 1c.

The Frayed Air albums (S.1a, S.1b and S.1c) are the record of three live performances by Jeroen Diepenmaat at the ‘Muziek bij de Buren’ festival in De Perifeer. During these performances grooves are made in one side of blank vinyl records, while playing simultaneously on four turntables, using knives and sand paper. Thus Jeroen Diepenmaat physically sculpts a live soundscape with a gradual accumulation of subtle pops, clicks, hiss and noise, occasionally using additional sounds from pre-recorded vinyl. The result is extremely meditative, ingenious and beautiful.

Afterwards the recordings of these concerts are cut on the other side of the same blank vinyl that was used as an instrument during the performance. This makes all three Frayed Air albums totally unique and directly linked to the live experience where they originated; they are a concert registration and an instrument united in one object.

Frayed Air comes on black 12″ vinyl in a white outer sleeve and a green inner sleeve, both laser cut. The release details are hand written on the back by Jeroen Diepenmaat.

Jeroen Diepenmaat is a visual artist with a predilection for sound. In his works he combines visual elements with audio. This ranges from installations that generate sound, to drawings of 7″ records, to objects that require to be used for performances.

Diepenmaat likes to poetically point to almost forgotten details or focus on small sounds. And just as sound always takes time, the passing of time is also often reflected in his site-specific installations for exhibitions. One (generally unnoticed) element in the exhibition space is carefully changed to become a determining factor.

In short; Jeroen Diepenmaat creates omnifarious works, but always with the following keywords in mind: poetic, subtle, small, detail, sound, vinyl, slow, focus, time.

Jeroen Diepenmaat’s work was shown a.o. in Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem (NL), Martha Museum in Herford (D), La Casa Encendida in Madrid (SP), Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (USA), Montevideo – Dutch Institute for Media Art in Amsterdam (NL), Extrapool in Nijmegen (NL), Serralves in Porto (P), Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam (NL).

Reviews

Check some reviews of this release overhere.

Jeroen Diepenmaat – Frayed Air (S.1b)

   esc.rec.46, Releases, Sediment

FrayedAir
FrayedAir-2b
FrayedAir-3
FrayedAir-4
FrayedAir-5
Jeroen-Diepenmaat---live-1
Jeroen-Diepenmaat---live-2

Title: Frayed Air (S.1b)
Artist: Jeroen Diepenmaat
Format: Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl Art (1/1)
Catalog#: esc.rec.46, sediment.1b
Price: €180,00
Enquiries and orders via email only: harco@escrec.com

Release details

NAME: Jeroen Diepenmaat
TITLE: Frayed Air
DATE: 14.12.2014 14:45
LOCATION: De Perifeer, Deventer (NL)
DURATION: 18’59”
SPEED: 33 RPM
EDITION: 1/1
CAT. NO: esc.rec.46, sediment.1b
DESIGN: Harco Rutgers, Jeroen Diepenmaat

NOTES: This is the record of the second of three live performances at the ‘Muziek bij de Buren’ festival.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: During a performance grooves were made in one side of this record using knives and sand paper. The recording of the performance is on the other side.

Press release

Sediment is a new series in the Esc.rec. catalogue. It is in a completely new ‘one-of-a-kind-art-object-directly-related-to-live-performance’ category. The three Frayed Air albums by Jeroen Diepenmaat are the first three Sediment releases: Sediment 1a, Sediment 1b, and Sediment 1c. You are currently looking at Sediment 1b.

The Frayed Air albums (S.1a, S.1b and S.1c) are the record of three live performances by Jeroen Diepenmaat at the ‘Muziek bij de Buren’ festival in De Perifeer. During these performances grooves are made in one side of blank vinyl records, while playing simultaneously on four turntables, using knives and sand paper. Thus Jeroen Diepenmaat physically sculpts a live soundscape with a gradual accumulation of subtle pops, clicks, hiss and noise, occasionally using additional sounds from pre-recorded vinyl. The result is extremely meditative, ingenious and beautiful.

Afterwards the recordings of these concerts are cut on the other side of the same blank vinyl that was used as an instrument during the performance. This makes all three Frayed Air albums totally unique and directly linked to the live experience where they originated; they are a concert registration and an instrument united in one object.

Frayed Air comes on black 12″ vinyl in a white outer sleeve and a green inner sleeve, both laser cut. The release details are hand written on the back by Jeroen Diepenmaat.

Jeroen Diepenmaat is a visual artist with a predilection for sound. In his works he combines visual elements with audio. This ranges from installations that generate sound, to drawings of 7″ records, to objects that require to be used for performances.

Diepenmaat likes to poetically point to almost forgotten details or focus on small sounds. And just as sound always takes time, the passing of time is also often reflected in his site-specific installations for exhibitions. One (generally unnoticed) element in the exhibition space is carefully changed to become a determining factor.

In short; Jeroen Diepenmaat creates omnifarious works, but always with the following keywords in mind: poetic, subtle, small, detail, sound, vinyl, slow, focus, time.

Jeroen Diepenmaat’s work was shown a.o. in Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem (NL), Martha Museum in Herford (D), La Casa Encendida in Madrid (SP), Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (USA), Montevideo – Dutch Institute for Media Art in Amsterdam (NL), Extrapool in Nijmegen (NL), Serralves in Porto (P), Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam (NL).

Reviews

Check some reviews of this release overhere.

Jeroen Diepenmaat – Frayed Air (S.1a)

   esc.rec.46, Releases, Sediment

FrayedAir
FrayedAir-2a
FrayedAir-3
FrayedAir-4
FrayedAir-5
Jeroen-Diepenmaat---live-1
Jeroen-Diepenmaat---live-2

Title: Frayed Air (S.1a)
Artist: Jeroen Diepenmaat
Format: Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl Art (1/1)
Catalog#: esc.rec.46, sediment.1a
Price: €180,00
Enquiries and orders via email only: harco@escrec.com

Release details

NAME: Jeroen Diepenmaat
TITLE: Frayed Air
DATE: 14.12.2014 13:15
LOCATION: De Perifeer, Deventer (NL)
DURATION: 18’12”
SPEED: 33 RPM
EDITION: 1/1
CAT. NO: esc.rec.46, sediment.1a
DESIGN: Harco Rutgers, Jeroen Diepenmaat

NOTES: This is the record of the first of three live performances at the ‘Muziek bij de Buren’ festival.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: During a performance grooves were made in one side of this record using knives and sand paper. The recording of the performance is on the other side.

Press release

Sediment is a new series in the Esc.rec. catalogue. It is in a completely new ‘one-of-a-kind-art-object-directly-related-to-live-performance’ category. The three Frayed Air albums by Jeroen Diepenmaat are the first three Sediment releases: Sediment 1a, Sediment 1b, and Sediment 1c. You are currently looking at Sediment 1a.

The Frayed Air albums (S.1a, S.1b and S.1c) are the record of three live performances by Jeroen Diepenmaat at the ‘Muziek bij de Buren’ festival in De Perifeer. During these performances grooves are made in one side of blank vinyl records, while playing simultaneously on four turntables, using knives and sand paper. Thus Jeroen Diepenmaat physically sculpts a live soundscape with a gradual accumulation of subtle pops, clicks, hiss and noise, occasionally using additional sounds from pre-recorded vinyl. The result is extremely meditative, ingenious and beautiful.

Afterwards the recordings of these concerts are cut on the other side of the same blank vinyl that was used as an instrument during the performance. This makes all three Frayed Air albums totally unique and directly linked to the live experience where they originated; they are a concert registration and an instrument united in one object.

Frayed Air comes on black 12″ vinyl in a white outer sleeve and a green inner sleeve, both laser cut. The release details are hand written on the back by Jeroen Diepenmaat.

Jeroen Diepenmaat is a visual artist with a predilection for sound. In his works he combines visual elements with audio. This ranges from installations that generate sound, to drawings of 7″ records, to objects that require to be used for performances.

Diepenmaat likes to poetically point to almost forgotten details or focus on small sounds. And just as sound always takes time, the passing of time is also often reflected in his site-specific installations for exhibitions. One (generally unnoticed) element in the exhibition space is carefully changed to become a determining factor.

In short; Jeroen Diepenmaat creates omnifarious works, but always with the following keywords in mind: poetic, subtle, small, detail, sound, vinyl, slow, focus, time.

Jeroen Diepenmaat’s work was shown a.o. in Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem (NL), Martha Museum in Herford (D), La Casa Encendida in Madrid (SP), Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (USA), Montevideo – Dutch Institute for Media Art in Amsterdam (NL), Extrapool in Nijmegen (NL), Serralves in Porto (P), Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam (NL).

Reviews

Check some reviews of this release overhere.